Dealing With Post-partum Depression


When you have a baby, you end up going through an emotional roller coaster. One minute you’re extremely happy and overjoyed to see your little one, and the next minute you’re breaking into tears. Fortunately, this is all normal. However, if you continue to feel sad, worried, anxious, or extremely exhausted, it could be something more serious. Postpartum depression, or PPD, is a disorder affecting 1 out of every 7 moms. If you think you may have PPD, talk to a health professional who can accurately diagnose and treat you; and try these helpful methods of coping with postpartum depression.

  1. Trust Your Gut

If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is. Take how you feel seriously. If you feel something is off, talk to someone. The first step to finding help is finding where you can be validated and supported.

  1. Catch Your Zzzz’s

Sleeping for long, solid blocks of time can be a stretch when you have a new baby; but it’s also very essential. Whether it’s your partner, another family member, or a friend, make sure to have someone help out ever couple days so you can rest. If this option isn’t available for you, try to relax or take naps when your baby does.

  1. Never Keep It to Yourself

When going through PPD, you should never keep your feelings to yourself. You need to discuss all your thoughts, fears, and anxieties, not just with your doctor, but with your friends and family. If you don’t feel comfortable talking in-person, join a support group online. One of the most important parts of coping with PPD is talking through your thoughts and emotions.

  1. Surround Yourself with People Who Love You

When you feel down, arrange a play date or have a family member stop by to chat. Find people who support and love you to be around, and make sure to avoid people who agitate you.

  1. Remember You’re Not Alone

When dealing with postpartum depression, it takes: courage, determination, the desire to overcome what’s keeping you from being the mother you want to be, and hard work. It’s also important to remember you are not alone in your fight. You have medical professionals, friends, family, support groups, and more who are willing to help you get through this to the end.

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